Cristian Mungiu

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Cristian Mungiu
Cristian Mungiu Cannes 2012.jpg
Born (1968-04-27) 27 April 1968 (age 48)
Iași, Romania
Alma mater Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1998–present
Children 2
Relatives Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (sister)
Awards Palme d'Or
2007: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Cristian Mungiu (Romanian pronunciation: [kristiˈan munˈd͡ʒi.u]; born 27 April 1968) is a Romanian filmmaker, winner of the Palme d'Or in 2007.

Life and career[edit]

Mungiu was born in Iași. After studying English literature at the University of Iaşi, he worked for a few years as a teacher and as a journalist. After that, he enrolled at the University of Film in Bucharest to study film directing. After graduating in 1998, Mungiu made several short films. In 2002, he debuted with his first feature film, Occident. Occident enjoyed critical success, winning prizes in several film festivals and being featured in Director’s Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2007 Mungiu wrote and directed his second feature, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The film was received enthusiastically, attracting critical praise and being selected in the official competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, where it eventually won the coveted Palme d'Or for feature film,[1] marking the first time that prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker.

Mungiu has said that early Miloš Forman and Robert Altman are important filmmakers who influenced him. He also respects the realism of Bicycle Thieves, among other famous realistic films. Mungiu is the brother of political analyst Alina Mungiu-Pippidi.

Mungiu (third from right) as member of the feature film jury at Cannes

His 2012 film Beyond the Hills was screened in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival[2][3] where Mungiu won the award for Best Screenplay[4] and Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan shared the award for Best Actress.[4] The film has also been selected as the Romanian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards,[5] making the January shortlist.[6]

In 2013 he produced the next film of Nae Caranfil 6.9 on Richter[7] In April 2013 he was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[8]

After Beyond the Hills (2012) Cristian Mungiu's new project will deal with parenting and focus on a male character. The producer/writer/director hopes to shoot it in 2015 "ideally while there are still leaves on the trees."[9]

Filmography as director[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
2007 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
FIPRESCI Prize 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
Cinema Prize of the French National Education System 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Nominated
European Film Awards European Film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
European Director 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
European Screenwriter 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards Hollywood World Award 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
2008 Bodil Awards Best Non-American Film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Nominated
César Awards Best Foreign Film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Nominated
Gopo Awards Best Feature Film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
Best Directing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
Audience Award 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
Best Screenplay 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Nominated
2009 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Tales from the Golden Age Nominated
Goya Awards Best European Film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Won
2010 Gopo Awards Audience Award Tales from the Golden Age Won
2012 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay Beyond the Hills Won
Palme d'Or Beyond the Hills Nominated
Chicago International Film Festival Best International Feature Beyond the Hills Nominated
European Film Awards European Screenwriter Beyond the Hills Nominated
2016 Cannes Film Festival[10] Palme d'Or Graduation Nominated
Best Director Graduation Won

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  2. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  3. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Awards 2012". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  5. ^ "Romania picks 'Beyond the Hills' for Oscar race". Variety. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie For Oscar". Oscars. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Romania Annouces Grants from 2012 Application Session". 
  8. ^ Saperstein, Pat (23 April 2013). "Nicole Kidman, Christopher Waltz, Ang Lee Among Cannes Jury Members". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.filmneweurope.com/news/romania-news/item/110289-production-cristian-mungiu-develops-new-project | title=PRODUCTION: Cristian Mungiu Develops New Project | accessdate=15 April 2015
  10. ^ "All awards". Festival de Cannes 2016. 
  11. ^ http://www.familiaregala.ro/ordine-si-decoratii/crucea-casei-regale-a-romaniei

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